1904 Ford Model A/C news, pictures, and information
|Rear Entrance Tonneau|
In early 1904, the Model A was improved by increasing the size of the engine to ten horsepower and adding a bigger flywheel and radiator. The new model was called a Model A/C and was built for only a few months during 1904 before it was replaced with a new model, called the Model C.
This rare 1904 Ford Model A/C was purchased by the current owner's father in 1961 from the Collingwood Ford Dealership in Findlay, Ohio. While largely complete, the vehicle was in need of a total restoration. Family and work commitments prevented the restoration of the rare Ford and in 1983, the vehicle was sold to another collector. The vehicle remained in unrestored condition was purchased by the current owner and given back to his father in 2000, who was finally able to complete the restoration in 2004.
|Rear Entrance Tonneau|
Chassis Num: 805
|Sold for $93,500 at 2009 Gooding & Company.|
There were two bodystyles available on the Model C, a runabout or a rear-entrance touring car with room for four. The final drive was through the planetary transmission by chain with engine lubrication supplied by a six-point drip oiler.
The rear-entrance touring car sold for around $1,000 and included a horn, sidelamps and a brass rail accenting the dashboard. The engine was a horizontally opposed two-cylinder unit that offered 10 horsepower. The car rode on full elliptic leaf-springs and had internal expanding brakes on the differential band.
Much of the early history of this car is unknown. After World War II, it was purchased from C.A. Trussell Motor Company in Athens, Georgia, by Tommy Protsman. It was shown in his museum, the Stone Mountain Auto Museum in Georgia, for over 5 decades. It was then purchased by the current owner.
This Rear-Entrance Tonneau is finished in the correct shade of red with black diamond-tufted leather upholstery, has the correct original Dietz bail-handle sidelamps and is complemented by the Gray & Davis self-generating acetylene headlamps.
In 2009, this Model C Rear-Entrance Tonneau was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $150,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $93,500, including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
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